* Posts by G R Goslin

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

G R Goslin

They should be grateful

The advertisers should be grateful to me for blocking their adverts. My phiolophy, in respect of ALL adverts, is that I will NEVER buy anything tackiliy, or splashllly advertised. So they should be grateful that I am not aware of this fact.

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

G R Goslin

Surely?

Surely that would only be the case if one's viewpoint was at the geometric point in a perfect sphere, or in an infinite environment. . I too could say the same, if I stood out in the open, in a dense fog. "It's exactly the same for as far as I can see, as far as I can see."

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TV industry gets its own 'dieselgate' over 'leccy consumption tests

G R Goslin

My TVHasn't used....

...any energy, in the past four years, simply because there was nothing on worth turning it on for.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

G R Goslin

Re: cant see much

Point is, with LOX, that you don't need a spark. LOX and any hydrocarbon will spontaneously burn (explode) if mixed. Ask any rocket engineer. Even with an oxy gas torch, greasing the couplings is a no-no-NO!!! operation.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

G R Goslin

As far as I can see

As far as I can see, the whole affair is one huge money laundering scam, which Aplle is paying for by employing a number of Irish workers.

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Pump-priming the new ampere: NIST works to count electrons in silicon

G R Goslin

It's all relative

The snag with standards, is that they're all based on other standards. So ultimately, they're all based on all the other standards. So, which is the real standard? It's all about as real as the old story about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin

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Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

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What about the heat?

What about the heat generated by the plant? Underground facilities are cool, but that's because the rock is cool. But heat does not dissipate through rock very well. Particularly concrete reinforced rock. So, there is zero cooling effect from the surroundings, but an increased problem of transporting this heat to the surface. So, where's the gain?

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

G R Goslin

Do I hear Bells and Whistles

Makes me all the more pleased that I'm locked into Linux. Simple, reliable and malware free. Oh, I do sleep soundly. And it costs me nowt.

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Mars' 'little green men' buried alive by merciless meteorites – new theory

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Think me cynical

But I'm sure that quite large areas of the Earth's land form would not pass the same test for organic life, too.

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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Get real, people

This rather reminds me of a unit in the measurement of radioactivity. The Bequerel, usually referred to as The Buggerall, since it's only significant in mega quantities. This is the case in this instance. It really should be considered in weight, per capita, per year. When you consider that ALL the stuff you take away from the supermarket, eventually ends up as waste, which includes apples, oranges, tins of beer, etc., the odd few grammes of plastic is insignificant. Particularly if you set it against all the other plastic, in cartons, bottles wrappings and containers that you carry out in these bags. I used to take the throw away bags back for a second go, as well as using them as kitchen bin liners. Which latter use has not ceased. It's simply gone to another plastic source.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

G R Goslin

500lb?

A 500lb bomb for a tank? Rather an overkill, surely?

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Who should deliver our next Reg lecture? You tell us

G R Goslin

bring backlewis

bring back Lewis Page, I say. Always good for a realistic outlook and an interesting point of view

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Happy

Personally

Personally, I loathe the teabag. It's leaf tea only for me. Unfortunately, unless I pay a fortune for real leaf tea, all I get is the dust that they put in teabags. The teabag was a real boon to the tea suppliers, no longer would they have to throw away the dust from the leaf tea manufacture. However, I eschew the traditional teapot, and use the standard filter coffee maker, using the normally supplied permanent filter. That way I get perfect tea, without the leaves being overlong in contact with the hot water. Too, the keep hot heater maintains the tea at drinkable temperature for a long period with no deterioration in taste. The milk, however still goes in the cup. Try it, it really does work. Disposal of the tea leaves, too, is a doddle, simply upend and tap the filter over the bin. There's no need to wash out the dregs, such as there are.

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

G R Goslin

Is this strictly legal?

I mean, if a driver in , say, a Ford Mondeo, cut into you in traffic, are you going to be allowed to create a device which will cause all Ford Mondeo's within a sevan mile radius to run off the road and crash?

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For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

G R Goslin

Re: Isn't this...

Strange that you say "those interested in knowing where, when and what you buy,", but the fairly extensive reading I undertook on the matter indicated that it's function was the same as the unit in the article. The only caveat made was that there was a risk that Authority might persuade the manufacturer to include back doors. I tend to agree with this thought, but it equally applies to ANY manufacturer of the unit, open source or no.

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Isn't this...

Isn't this the same as the ASUS TPM (Trusted Platform Module) unit that I bought from Amazon.uk, for £14 odd? Which again, I couldn't work out how to integrate it with my Linux system, or what it did, or how it did whatever it did, or didn't do.

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

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Pointless and expensive technology

Thgere are many things which would be improved with automatic control. Even in transportation. Planes can fly themselves, and usually do, Ships ditto. Trains ditto. But cars and commercial vehicles. No. With the former the pilot/driver, or whatever has plenty of time, generally, to take in the situation, before taking action. Not so, on the road. If the cars autopilot hands over control, it's likely to be mere seconds before disaster strikes. In the classic case where someone steps off the kerb as a car approaches, the drivers reaction time is likely to be more than a second. And the driver is supposed to be concentrating on the task of driving. If he, or she is not concentrating, the accident will be long over before the driver gets his/her thought into gear. The other thing, of course is cost. Frankly I don't think even the Government could conceive such a waste of money and resources as automatic control. The insurance companies, of course will have a field day. An excuse to put up premiums, and at the same time, a host of reasons why they can hive off the costs to other organisations. And, of course, nice fat spin-offs to the legal profession.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

G R Goslin

Is SSD really the reason?

I must admit I don't understand the situation. The quality of HDD's does seem to have dropped, and would prompt a change to a more reliable medium. But, as far as I can see SSD's are still wincingly expensive and run somewhat lower in capacity. I currently run a Drobo FS, with five 4TB drives (16TB net) , nudging 80% capacity. I shudder to think how much that would cost me in SSD's

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

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Dunno their born, some people

I was an engineering draughtsman for about 30 years, and one thing you cannot do when working at a full size drawing board is sit down. Sure you had a chair, or rather a stool, but that was only for use in the ten minute tea break, or for when you were doing the calculations necessary in the job. The machine shops that you'd come from ran even better. In an area of perhaps 500 men, there'd not be a single chair. So you took your tea break standing up.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

G R Goslin

A hint?

Is this a hint that Amazon, at last, are going to have some of these to sell?

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Space prang of cosmic proportions blamed for giving Mars its moons

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Conjecture

All this is conjecture, of course. If you're allowed to guess at the original conditions, unsupported, you can come up with an infinite number of theories about almost anything.

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Cosmic dust riddle BREAKTHROUGH: Study tackles stuff of the universe

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Pardon me, but

There does seem to be a number of errors in this account, which I hope is not a factor in the original article in Nature. To assert that a star 'dies' when it has used up its store of hydrogen, is incorrect. If it was correct, the universe would consist only of the light elements. No, fusion continues of the heavier elements after depletion of hydrogen at its core. Fusion can deliver energy up to the mass of iron, and does. The snag is that the amount of energy diminishes with increasing mass. The latter stages coming quicker and quicker. The final effect is not an explosion, but a collapse. The amount of energy released in this phase feeds more reactions, whilst the superabundance of neutrons are absorbed by the heavy elements to create elements heavier than iron, up to and past the transuranic elements. The subsequent explosion that we see as a supernova, is, in effect a 'dead cat bounce'

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

G R Goslin

Rule of law

It's all very well to comment when you live in a (semi) lawful society. Unfortunately in much of Africa, the Rule of Law is "What is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine, if I want it". It's not very likely that the lady's five hens would last long enough to bear live eggs, before ending up as someone else's supper.. My daughter, in this country raised hens. Five as I recall. The local dogs got two and the local foxes got the rest. Luckily, she didn't have the sort of neighbours that would know what to do with a chicken that was not shrink wrapped.

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

G R Goslin

Gravitational potential?

As was pointed out earlier. The force of gravity, at the centre of the Earth is zero. Although not exactly at the centre, since the Earth and the Moon are a mutually orbiting pair. So the gravitational centre rotates about the true centre at every rotation of the Moon in its orbit. There's a similar effect due to the Sun. However, the gravitational potential is near zero. Does this not invalidate the hypothesis? Or even reverse it?

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

G R Goslin

Forgive me...

Forgive me for stating the bleeding obvious. Anyone with more than one device is going to, proportionately, more problems. It applies to anything. If the family have two cars, they'll have twice as many breakdowns, punctures, . . As someone pointed out once, four engine aircraft have four times as many engine failures as single engines. It simply matters less. Get real, people. The only instance where this fails, AFAIK, is if you have more than one wife, where it tends to be logarithmic.

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US poised to unleash stadium-sized sandwich bag

G R Goslin

Shortage

There shouldn't be a shortage of Helium, particularly with the shale gas revolution. Helium is present from the radioactive decay of Uranium (Alpha radiation = Helium nuclei). Extraction is simple, just freeze until the Helium is left behind. All it costs is money. If the price was right, it would be done. Presumably, it isn't.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

G R Goslin

Honest

I'm sorry, but I don't think that you can use 'government' and 'honest', in the same sentence.. Particularly if 'US' also appears in the same sentence.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

G R Goslin

Re: As my radiation safety officer used to say,

Where on earth did you get the idea that Plutonium is more poisonous than nerve gas? In fact caffeine is more poisonous than plutonium. ALL heavy metals are poisonous, lead, barium, etc. Plutonium is just one of those with similar toxicity

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G R Goslin

Waste?

How is this waste? if it's weapons grade, it will never have seen the inside of a reactor. The most compact reactors made only use circa 60% enriched. Weapons grade is well over 90%. Do you realise just how much it cost us to make this stuff? The easy way to dispose of it is to dilute it with natural uranium, until that has been enriched to power reactor grade (1-2 %) It might make Urenco a bit pissed off, but who cares.

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

G R Goslin

Alas, I knew Dabs well, of old, Horatio

I only had to read down to " they’re managed by the very same team,” BT said.", to forget the rest. I was once an avid buyer from Dabs. Price Service, Stocks and Delivery, were first rate. Then BT hove up and the effort of years went straight down the pan. Haven't used em for years. I only had to look at the price and stock levels to be persuaded to go elsewhere

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Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?

G R Goslin

Re: Voltage Drop

Ah, Stuart Turner. Will we ever see their like again

This motor actually does come with a larger flywheel. The one fitted is for use in a boat (more compact)

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Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

G R Goslin

12% THINK they know what it means

The usual glib lies before it comes into force. THEN it will be explained. After that will come the explanations that it means what we now want ti to mean, which is not clear from what it says.

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Investigatory Powers Bill lands in Parliament amid howls over breadth of spying powers

G R Goslin

Well...

...it's what you'd expect when ALL parties in Parliament are totalitarian. The power-mad abhor Democracy, and you have to be power-mad to want to sit in Parliament. Get used to it!

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Standing desks have no effect on productivity, boffins find

G R Goslin

Nothing new, here

There's nothing new in standing up, at work. I started work in a factory, as an apprentice. There, sitting down at work was not only not an option, it was specifically not allowed. Later, I moved to one of the drawing offices. There you had a high stool, unpadded and unbacked, only to find that it was not possible to sit and work on a drawing board at the same time. The only sitting you did was when working on calculations (long hand). Even the foremen, who spent a lot of time writing, had a stand up desk, in the middle of the machine shop, amid the noise and dirt. They could not argue that they couldn't hear anyone on the 'phone, since there were none.

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

G R Goslin

Re: I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but...

What do you do to exit the car, once you've driven it into the garage? Remove the rear window, and crawl out?

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Vodafone puts hundreds of Brits on the 'at risk of layoffs' list

G R Goslin

If this is in customer service....

...It will be no loss. I had the "customer service" routine, when something I ordered failed to arrive. It took six weeks and innumerable 'phone calls on my part, to resolve. A subsequent complaint, in respect of the poor way it had been handled went even better. It ran for seven months and never got beyond my first letter of complaint.

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

G R Goslin

Re: False premise leads to false results

If you look back, I think you'll find that at one time, not too long ago, more than 97% of scientists said that plate tectonics was not possible, and looking back a bit more, that the Big Bang Theory of evolution was rubbish. Whilst the first has been proven, we're still waiting on the latter. And going back a lot further the consensus of scientists was that the sun and stars orbited the Earth.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

G R Goslin

Talking of...

Talking of "Gnats cock" as a unit of size, a friend of mine, in the production engineering business, used to regard, as the standard unit of size significance was "half a gnats pubic hair". The removal of such would give two mating parts the proper sliding fit. Here's to you Bob!

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

G R Goslin

Yet again

Yet again, another "research" article equating opinion with data, and getting proof from conjecture. Excuse me if I don't believe a word of it

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Optimus Prime goes under the hammer

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Big?

How does this compare in size with the Thornycroft Antar, MkIII, of yore. Now that was a BIG machine, and far handsomer than this.. I think the only chrome on the Antar was the large 'T' on the radiator. It sounded nice, too. A cut down version of the Merlin aircraft engine.. If it had only had the howl of the original supercharger.

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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

G R Goslin

Why not hydrogen?

Why are HDD's not filled with hydrogen? Power station generators are cooled with hydrogen because it's an effective coolant, with low drag, and it's cheaper and easier to get than helium. Which I hear from other applications, has a tendency to leak.

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

G R Goslin

Perhaps

Perhaps you should ask GCHQ if they'd let you have a copy of their copy of your files as they were before Cryptowall struck.

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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Phew!!

"The Los Angeles area remains the second-largest metro area in the US and, in addition to the film and television industries, technology giants including SpaceX, IBM, and Google maintain offices around LA employing thousands of workers. ®"

Offices! Well, that's a relief. It's not as if it was going to hit anywhere important!

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

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Itain't necessarily so!

There was so much garbage written in this article, that it's apparent that the writer has no idea how (or why) a diesel engine works. The diesel engine and the petrol engine work by two entirely different concepts . That for the petrol engine is combustion at constant volume, that of the diesel combustion at constant pressure. In the petrol engine the fuel and air are compressed until ignited by the spark. The gas/air mixture burns in a flash. The pressure rises instantly and provides the driving force. In the diesel, the air alone is compressed . At the end of compression, the fuel is sprayed in over a period of time, so the pressure remains the same, since the piston is descending on the power stroke. The Pressure/Volume (PV) diagram for the diesel is nearer the ideal (The Carnot Cycle, which indicates the ultimate efficiency that may be obtained) than that of the petrol. In practise, the distinction is slightly blurred, but the distinction is still appropriate. Oddly the diesel as invented by Herr Diesel is not a diesel engine in that it is not combustion at constant volume, but, like the petrol engine is combustion at constant volume. In fact the only diesel engines still in use are the engines made for model aircraft, and as far as I know the last commercial true diesel engine was the Vincent Firefly, a cycle motor made in the mid fifties by the Vincent Motorcycle Company during the craze for motor assisted bicycles. It should be noted that Herr Diesel was NOT the inventor of the Diesel Engine that bears his name. The true diesel engine was invented by gentleman of the name Ackroyd-Stuart. His engine was being made and sold by Hornsby and Company of Lincoln, two years before Herr Diesel built his engine. It is this engine on which the modern diesel is based.

In this debacle, my sympathies lie entirely with Volks Wagen and other car manufactures. . Governments issue directives. The directives do not have to based on logic, or indeed have to be obtainable under the laws of Thermodynamics. No doubt the car manufactures argued long and hard to convince the authorities otherwise/ To no avail I've a sneaking suspicion that VW have done nothing unlawful. No doubt their lawyers and engineers have long laboured to create a test which adheres tightly to the provisions of the statute. Much like Google, Apple, Starbucks, etc have laboured long to establish a financial regime which avoids paying taxes, entirely within the legal requirements. The article writer did make one point which seems to have been missed by most other commentators. The US has no diesel powered car manufacture. Every diesel powered car imported to the US is one car not manufactured by the US car industry. I'm sure that their lawyers and engineers laboured long and hard to formulate rules which would effectively exclude the VW from the US

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Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

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What to do

Once again, we have a flood of verbiage about the latest peril. And as usual, it's the same sort of advice as how not to catch pneumonia (Wrap up warm and do. Surely the abnormal IO should paint a picture?n't go out in the cold). Why do we not have information regarding the carriers of the malware, specific occasions and places where it may be picked up, and information as to how to spot it. Yes, I have anti-virus, but that is about as opaque as the articles. How about some "do not use" lists, symptom lists. If you are part of a bot-net, why is there nothing that indicates that you have unusual traffic?

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

G R Goslin

Re: I'm inpressed with this revolution.

Or like the glowing ring on the Transporter

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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

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Not distilling

I don't think they actually say they're distilling it up there. Merely storing the distilled product, using the microgravity effect to nullify 'convective' issues. However, they can do that cheaply, on planet Earth, by simply holding the container in water deep underground. The temperature, there, in the absence of flowing water or air remains remarkably stable, and of course, in a fluid, gravity does not have any effect, so long as the liquid is homogenous, and if a mixture of liquids, is totally miscible.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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Oh, no!!

Not more bloody Bells and Whistles I spent an age trying to get back to a saner FF. It worked for a time, but I was driven even madder by the relentless admonishments to update. Then I was sent mad by the two steps back and one step forward to get back from a Google search. Then sent mad by the icons of old pages on every new tab. Keep it simple, dammit!

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Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

G R Goslin

Jack of all trades....

....and master of none, comes to mind. On past record, it might wll be true

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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have you tried....?

It would appear to me that Mr Dabbs is approaching this problem from the wrong direction. It is obviuos that the problem is that his wife is incompatible with the system. Therefore, he needs to upgrade his wife or to exchange his present wife wirh one that has a different set of working parameters. Say, in the estate agency field, or accountancy, where the software is a popular is more up to date with demand.

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